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National Safety Council

Earthquake Kit

The thought of experiencing a major earthquake is scary to say the least. You need to prepare well by having an earthquake kit that contains all the basic essentials for your survival. Proper preparation will ease the stress and confusion if an earthquake occurs. If you do not prepare well, the situation can be extremely difficult to handle.

In the case of a major earthquake, you must have a flashlight in your earthquake kit. In fact, it is important to always have a flashlight near your bed so that you can easily grab it when disaster or emergency strikes. In many cases the power will go out. You can get flashlight that uses solar, batteries or friction. Just make sure you carry enough batteries or power supply in your kit.

It is also important to have first aid supplies in your earthquake kit. If you live in an earthquake prone region, it is important to prepare your household in first aid and CPR training. Have a first aid guide, antiseptics, first aid tape, scissors, OTC medication and ointments in your first aid kit and keep it up to date so the ointments and medication are not expired when you need them.

Every earthquake kit must have emergency food and water. Look for emergency food supplies with a long shelf life and stock them in your kit. Make sure it contains enough food to last you at least three days. The food must be nutritious and have plenty of calories. Watching your carbs is not important in an emergency. Also, stock up on emergency water which is easily portable. Three gallons will last each individual three days. This is difficult to carry for each individual. Thatís why it is important to include a water filter and or water purifier in you earthquake kit.

There are also other essential tools and supplies you can include in your earthquake kit. These include blankets, a sewing kit, waterproof matches, a multi tool, among other items. You can even stock up some eating utensils which can help you prepare a meal in an emergency situation. You can find some well packed dishes and a stove to fit well in your earthquake kit. MREís are the most ideal because they are compact, nutritious, and high in calories.

Since cell phones might not be available, it is important to have an emergency radio that is charged with working batteries at all times. A radio will help you keep informed of the emergency. Set meeting points around the house and then neighborhood so that you can meet with your family. Place the earthquake kit in a convenient location and make sure it has all the essentials ready to go.

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